Zaheer 1st Indian pacer to claim three 5-wkt hauls

Published: Sunday, April 5, 2009, 10:59 [IST]
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Zaheer bags third five-for in NZ

Wellington: Zaheer Khan's devastating spell of 5-65 not only helped his side bowl out the Kiwis for a paltry 197 in their first essay, but also earned him a rare distinction of being the only Indian pacer to bag five wickets in an innings thrice in New Zealand.

Zaheer on Saturday capitalised on a bouncy Basin Reserve track to come out with an impressive bowling figures on the second day of the third Test as the visitors secured a crucial 182-run first innings lead, which put them on the driver's seat.

Legendary off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna was the first ever Indian bowler to take five wickets in an innings three times in New Zealand.

Today's fiver also made the 30-year-old left-armer the only Indian bowler to bag five wickets in an innings twice at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Meanwhile, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who pouched as many as six catches during the hosts' first innings, became the only Indian wicketkeeper to achieve the distinction.

The flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman took as many as three catches off Zaheer's five-wicket haul.

Syed Kiramani was the first Indian wicketkeeper to make six dismissals -- five catches and one stumping -- in an innings against New Zealand at Christchurch in 1975-76.

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